Thursday July 20, 2006
Servanthood: Rewards for Today
God rewards His children for every act of service done with selfless motivation. Even a small deed like helping to pick up dropped papers doesn’t escape His notice. Throughout the Bible, we find promises that the Lord repays right actions.“Whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord,” Paul assures us in his letter to the Ephesians (6:8). And in Revelation , Jesus speaks through John, saying, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”
If rewards were bestowed only after we reached heaven, then believers who live to a ripe old age would have to wait a long time to see these benefits of their service. Thankfully, though, God sprinkles blessings all throughout His children’s lives. For instance, we enjoy fellowship not only with those serving alongside us but also with those for whom we labor. Perhaps the greatest gift for faithful service is joy, which can be experienced in so many contexts: joy can come from leading someone to the Savior, from the special knowledge that our works contribute to spiritual growth, or from making eternally valuable choices.
God’s promise comes with a warning: Only service done for the Lord will endure. The work we do to gain attention for ourselves may earn us the notice and praise of men, but that reward is neither filling nor lasting in value (Matthew 6:1, 5,16). Think about your genuine motivations for being a servant. Let your love for mankind and devotion to God propel you to serve Him.
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